Asian-Pacific Heritage Month Graphic Novel Spotlight

In honor of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month we are putting the spotlight on a few Asian American graphic novelists who create write and draw for kids and teens. Gene Luen Yang Gene Luen Yang is one of the more prolific graphic novelists working today to create books for kids and teens. He often takes on both writing and […]

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How to Camp . . . with Kids

Child putting up a tent

When I was a kid, summer was all about road trips and camping with our aunts, uncles and cousins. All the kids loved the fact that we could run around and get as dirty as we wanted — and sleeping under the stars was the best. When I became a mom, I couldn't wait to […]

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What Does Memorial Day Mean to Kids?

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Kids may think that Memorial Day is only about a day off from school, barbecues and parades, but with these picture books, you can introduce the meaning of this special holiday that honors people who have died in service to our country. In Memorial Day Surprise, Pablo is watching for a surprise his mother told him would appear […]

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May Flowers

Window box of purple, white, and red flowers

After too many rainy days in a row, spring can start to feel dreary and gray, but the colorful flowers that result make it all worth it. Plus, they provide great opportunities to talk with young children about how plants grow. Flower Garden features simple, rhyming text about a family creating an apartment-ready flower garden. This gentle story follows […]

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STEAM-Powered Saturday Is Coming May 30

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Explore the power of science at STEAM-Powered Saturday, Saturday, May 30 at the Harold Washington Library Center. This hands-on event for children ages 3-11 and their families encourages you to experiment with science, technology, engineering, art and math. There are many ways you can explore STEAM all year round. Here are some books that inspire […]

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5 Reasons Moms Are the Best

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Mother's Day is the perfect day to share a book with your mom or with any of the mother figures in your life.  Why are moms so special? Let these five pictures books explain: 1.  Moms love us unconditionally, like the mother in the classic The Runaway Bunny.  When a young rabbit wants to run away, he tells his mother how […]

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Cinco de Mayo 101

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How much do you know about Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May)? People often confuse Mexican Independence day, which is September 16, with Cinco de Mayo. Growing up, my family attended the Mexican Independence Day parade every year, but we never did anything for Cinco de Mayo. So what exactly is Cinco de Mayo? Cinco […]

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Up, Up and Away

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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's colorful kites flying in the sky! May 2 is the Chicago Kids and Kites Festival at Montrose Harbor. Celebrate this fun-filled day grab some books about kites! Start with Kite Day, a story that features characters who lose their kite in a tree. Learn where kites came from in The […]

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¡Festejando Día! Celebrating Diversity in Action!

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On April 30 join niños (children) all over the country for El día de los niños/el día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), also known as Día. When author Pat Mora heard that many countries observed Children's Day on April 30, she brilliantly decided to include books, culture, heritage and language to give us a new holiday […]

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April Showers

Rain drops drip down a window pane with a view of pink flowers outside

Rainy days may make parents rethink plans to take their kids to the park, but kids will jump at the chance to pull on their rain boots and splash in some puddles. Enjoy these great books about rain before you pop up your favorite umbrella and step outside to enjoy the next drizzly day. Blue on Blue uses […]

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